BCPD: intoxicated driver hits funeral workers loading body

Posted at 7:32 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 19:44:55-05

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Two funeral home workers were injured on the job when police say they were hit by a man suspected of driving while intoxicated.

It happened in the 100 block of Post Avenue early Saturday. Police say a 60-year-old man had died of natural causes at a home, and a transport crew from Baxter Funeral and Cremation Service had come to move the body.

However, police say that as the two men loaded the body into their van, a car drove up and hit both of them. They each suffered minor injuries.

The driver left the scene but his vehicle was later found nearby on Inn Road. Police say the driver – a 43-year-old man – was found inside his home in the 200 block of Post. Sgy. Gilleylen with the Battle Creek police says the man admitted to driving the car and drove away out of fear. He allegedly said he had a couple beers and smoked marijuana before the crash.

The driver was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, driving without a license, and leaving the scene of a crash. He was lodged at the Calhoun County jail.